The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but...lies.
There is a familiar saying about justice being blind. It truly is.
Human memory can deceive its owner. Even for an intelligent person with the best intentions and the best effort, the past quickly becomes grainy. Memory is fragile, even if people believe what it tells them. Selective recall and mixed reminisces lead to incorrect testimony. Increased use of closed circuit television does not completely solve the problem. Every event is witnessed from myriad angles; each person has his or her own narrative and selective memory of what transpired. Few jot down notes at the time of witnessing something about which they might have to testify in court.
A person might swear on a bible (Are atheists free to lie?) to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. In reality, they are making a promise they cannot keep and only hoping to tell the truth, an edited version of the whole truth, and nothing but little more than omissions, wishful thinking, and lies. And, of course, that is without considering intentional efforts to attack and discredit the victim, which has become a standard feature of all trials.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.